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Mr. Peter Balkema - Died Thursday evening, March 21, 2002. Peter was born May 12, 1918 in Kalamazoo, MI, the son of Ralph and Gertrude (Takens) Balkema and was a lifelong resident here.  Prior to his retirement, he was owner/operator of Balkema, Inc. until he sold his share of the business to his brothers. On January 11, 1941, he was united in marriage to Marie VanderRoest, who survives. Also surviving are 4 daughters and 1 son, Trudy (Ed) Powless of Otsego, Henry (Anne) Balkema of Galesburg, Donna (Marinus) DenHarder of Otsego, Jane (Vernon) Geschwendt of Gull Lake and Christina (David) Pease of Scotts; 16 grandchildren; several greatgrand-children; 4 sisters and 3 brothers, Louwina (Jelke) Huttinga of Montana, Henry (Josephine) Balkema, Joe (Margarete) Balkema, Bertha Balkema, Lena Balkema, all of Kalamazoo, John (Dorothy) Balkema of Scotts and Grace (Bernard) Bruining of Hudsonville; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister Jennie DeHaan, a brother Ralph (Mina) Balkema and a brother-in-law Jacob DeHaan. Services will be held at 11:00 o'clock Monday at the Covenant United Reformed Church, 3724 Lovers Lane with the Rev. Mark Mingar of the Calvary Community Church of Plainwell officiating. Interment in Maple Grove Cemetery, Comstock Township. Friends may meet the family today and Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm
at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 Memorial contributions may be made to Rose Arbor Hospice or the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mar 23, 2002

Carolyn Brown - Age 70, died peacefully Sunday, March 3, 2002 with her family by her side. Carolyn was born August 17, 1931 in Kalamazoo, MI, and moved to Tempe, AZ, in 1961. She retired as the Senior Business Operations Manager for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at ASU, and was the newsletter editor for the ASU Retirees' Association.  Dubbed by her grandchildren ``The Human Encyclopedia,'' Carolyn was an incredibly talented, witty, compassionate, and giving woman. Whenever someone was in need of assistance, she would find a way to remedy the situation. In addition to her own five children, she also took care of four foster children. The house was quite a menagerie of her children, her children's friends, who also called her ``mom'', approximately five dogs, and a very funny husband. She raised her kids to know that they could have anything that they want in life, and was so competent herself, that she naturally brought out excellence in others. She could accomplish anything. Carolyn married her childhood sweetheart, Stan Brown, September 29, 1950. They recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary, and their love only increased over time. A most devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and mentor, she is already greatly missed. She touched the lives of all who knew her, and though we are grieving, Heaven is rejoicing. She is survived by her husband, Stan; daughters, Nancy Woodworth and husband, Bart, Mary Jane Malone and husband, Eddie, and Susie Dodson, married to Butch; sons, Mitch and Pat; brother, Jim Bertch; and nine grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale, AZ, on Thursday, March 7th at 10 a.m. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. Those wishing to make a donation in Carolyn's memory should send their gifts to the ASU Retirees Assoc., P.O. Box 872512, Tempe, AZ 85287-2512 Memo: Carolyn Brown Memorial Fund.   source:  Kalamazoo Mar 6, 2002

Mrs. Gena Brown -Went to be with her Lord on December 15, 2001. Mrs. Brown was born on March 5, 1904 in Rutland Township, MI, the daughter of Charles and Ermina (Erway) Whittemore. She was a member of the Gull Lake Bible Church, and the Hickory Corners Birthday Club. Mrs. Brown enjoyed knitting, crocheting and crafts. She was well known for knitting baby booties and padded snowflakes. She will be remembered as being very independent and a loving grandmother. Members of her family include sons, Cleo (Marian) Brown of California, and Kenneth ``Bud'' (Mary) Brown of Hickory Corners; daughter, Lois (Gene) Woolley of Hickory Corners; sister, Katie Schricker of Plainwell; and a sister-in-law, Ines Whittemore of Hastings; 8 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Floy Bechtel; and brothers, Lowell Whittemore and Russell Whittemore. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. Memorial contributions to Gull Lake Bible Church will be appreciated. Williams-Gores Funeral Home Delton  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Dec 17, 2001

Mr. James Brown - Died Monday afternoon, March 18, 2002 at Rose Arbor Hospice Care Facility. Jim was born September 19, 1925 in Kalamazoo, MI, the son of Richard and Betty Brown, and was a lifelong Kalamazoo resident. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was a life member of the Red Arrow V.F.W. Post #1527. Prior to his retirement, Jim was employed for 43 years at the James River Paper Company. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and bowling. Surviving are his loving companion, Jacquie Sanfilippo-Waldon; a daughter, Jamie Lee Rogers-Brown; a son, Brady Lee Brown; 4 grandchildren, Judson John Rogers, Brittany Louise, Brianna and Brooklynn Brown, all of Kalamazoo; a brother, Robert W. Brown of Portage; his former wife, Armina Brown of Kalamazoo; nieces, Lynn (Barry) Stowell of Plainwell, and Sue Pasch of Kalamazoo; and a nephew, Robert Brown of Portage. Services will be held at 1:00 o'clock Thursday at Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with Pastor Pete Terburg, of the Outreach for Jesus Church, officiating and eulogy by Mr. Hank Roschek. Interment in Riverside Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Comstock V.F.W. Post #6252. Friends may meet the family this evening from 6-8 pm at the chapel. Memorial contributions in Jim's memory may be made to Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  March 20, 2002

Mr. Joel Brown - Passed away unexpectedly January 25, 2002. Mr. Brown was born on September 17, 1936 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the son of Joel C. and Velma O. (Abbott) Brown. He was an employee of Micro Machine in Kalamazoo, and a former employee of Eaton Transmission. Joel was an avid gardener, enjoyed fishing, hunting, and playing cribbage.  He will be remembered for his constant smile and his love of his family. Mr. Brown was a Born again Christian. Members of his family include his wife, Eva (Hughes), whom he married on October 21, 1961; daughters, Debra Lewis of Kalamazoo, Lisa (Michael) Squires of Battle Creek, and Dawn (Tom) Wilson of Delton; a sister, Jean (Edward) Sutton of Delton; brother and sister-in- law, Ernest and Marie Hughes of Delton; grandchildren, Brian Lewis, Tommy Wilson; step grandchildren, Jamie and Aaron Squires; very special friends, Janice Kuilema, Dolen Cottingham, Chuck Lumbert, Jerry Robinson and Ott Trantham; and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive visitors Monday 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Williams-Gores Funderal Home, Delton Funeral Services will be conducted Tuesday, January 29, 2002, 1:00 p.m. at Prairieville Bible Church, S. 43 Highway, Delton, Pastor Al Lint officiating. Interment Mr. Ever-Rest Cemetery, Kalamazoo. Memorial contributions to the Constance Brown Hearing and Speech Center will be appreciated.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Jan 27, 2002

Mrs. Irma Caporal - of Kalamazoo, Died Monday morning, April 8, 2002. Irma was born June 18, 1913 in Giais, Italy, the daughter of Roger and Louise (Mazzocco) Basso. Prior to her retirement in 1974 she was employed with Schafer's Bakery for 20 years, and was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church. On October 19, 1935 she was united in marriage to Charles Caporal, who preceded her in death on December 16, 1962. She was also preceded in death by her parents; and 4 brothers, Joe, John, Leno and Louis Basso. Surviving are 2 children, Mary Louise Caporal of Portage, Patrick Caporal of Kalamazoo; a brother and sister, Nicholas (Kim) Basso of Columbus, OH, Mary Basso of Welch, WV; and several nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 o'clock Thursday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, 936 Lake St., with Fr. Mike Hazard, Celebrant. Interment will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may meet the family Wednesday from 2-4 and 6- 8 p.m. at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with a Rosary Service at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Parkinson's Disease Research Foundation.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 9, 2002

Eloise Brown - Passed away November 14, 2001 at her residence. Eloise was born January 18, 1937 in Lawrence County, AL, the daughter of Henry Samuel and Martha Sue (Brewington) Kirby, who preceded her in death. She was a laborer for Coca Cola Foods. She is survived by a son, Kenneth Wade Ellsworth of Gobles, MI; daughter, Denise Annette Ellsworth Young of Somerville, AL; 3 brothers, Hillard Kirby of Hastings, MI, Leon Kirby of Moulton, AL, Robert Kirby of Kalamazoo, MI; sister, Sandy Lynn Kirby Smith of Hartselle, AL; and a granddaughter. Visitation will be held this evening (November 16, 2001) from 6-9PM. Funeral services are 2PM Saturday, November 17, 2001 at Priceville Funeral Home Chapel, 495 Highway 67 South, Decatur, AL 35603, (256) 355-0150.  Interment in Morris Chapel Cemetery, Moulton, AL. Pallbearers include Timmy Young, Jimmy Owens, Keith Smith, Marty Brewington, Donny Early, Brian Kirby, and ``Lil'' Keith Smith.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Nov 16, 200l

Mr. Michael T. Brown - Died suddenly on Tuesday, April 2, 2002 at U.T. Medical Center in Knoxville, TN.  Michael was born February 22, 1974 in Kalamazoo, and graduated from Comstock High School. He was involved in Big Brothers of America; worked in law enforcement for a period of time, held a black belt in Karate, and was elected to the Governor's Drug Task Force Team for the State of Tennessee. Michael was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bill Brown and Troy and Myrtle Mae Taylor. Surviving are his parents, Wayne ``Butch'' and Doris Ann (Chadwell) Brown of Kalamazoo; 3 brothers, Dwayne Scott Brown of Traverse City, Todd W. Brown and wife, Saralyn of Kalamazoo, and Rob Brown and wife, Gina of Texas; grandmother, Georgia Brown of LaFollette, TN; a special uncle, Hubert V. Brown of Kalamazoo; several aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends. Friends may meet the family beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday and where services will be held at 1:00 o'clock at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Hoag-Switzer Comstock Chapel 6121 King Highway 343-1508 Interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Michael's memory may be made to the Michael T. Brown Memorial Fund at Fifth Third Bank, 3630 Gull Rd., Kalamazoo, MI 49001-1272.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 6, 2002

Mr. Howard Brown - Died October 14, 2001. Howard was born in Martin, MI, on April 12, 1920, the son of Stanley and Louise (Noteboom) Brown. He was part owner and Financial Controller of Advanced Mold Technology in Schoolcraft. Howard was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, and a 4th degree Knight of Columbus, Council #1616. He was past President of Michigan and National Accountants groups, held offices in the Amputee Golf Assoc., both at state and national levels, was a controller at Clausing Corp., a partner of Plastic Engineering and Panograv, past President of Hackett Boosters Club, and member of the Benevolent Order of Elks. Howard is survived by his wife, Bea, whom he married June 12, 1943; 2 children, Phyllis (Bob) Gill of Coldwater, Jeff (Sandra Game) Brown of Gull Lake; 4 grandchildren, Denise Lowery, Sean, Jesse and Hannah Game-Brown; 2 brothers, Harry Brown of Martin, Bill Brown of Gobles; and 2 sisters, Mildred McGuire of Martin, and Eleanor Priest of Hopkins; several nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received Wednesday, October 17, 2001 from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at St. Catherine Church, where a Rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Fr. Kevin Covert, Celebrant. A luncheon will follow in Marian Hall. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Watson, with all family members invited to attend. Flowers should be delivered to St. Catherine Church.  Memorials may be made to Michigan Amputee Golf Assoc. or Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo, envelopes available at the church. Arrangements by Redmond Funeral Home 4100 S. Westnedge  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Oct 16, 2001

Mr. Albert Clark - Died Wednesday afternoon, February 6, 2002. Albert was born September 7, 1926 in South Bend, IN, and had lived in Kalamazoo for most of his life. He served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force during World War II. Surviving is his wife Ruby of Kalamazoo. Services will be held at 10:00 o'clock Monday at Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with the Rev. John Vick officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Ft. Custer National Cemetery. Friends may meet the family beginning at 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Feb 9, 2002

James Buck - Of Kalamazoo, Went to be with His Lord on Thursday, April 18, 2002. Mr. Buck was born May 1, 1939 in Allegan, the son of  J. A. Harvey Jr. and Anna (Smith) Buck. James was raised by his grandparents, James and Bertha (Russman) Smith. He was a descendant of the Claus Buck and Rumery families of Monterey. After graduating from Allegan High School in 1957, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in the reserve for 8 years. For 41 years, he was employed with KVP Sutherland (later Crown Vantage) Paper Co. He enjoyed sailing, traveling, gardening, hunting and camping. He built their first home and was very skilled in working with stained glass. His memberships include the Gull Lake Yacht club and Papermakers Local #323. For 16 years, he attended the First Assembly of God in Portage. On April 19, 1958 in Paw Paw, he married Patricia Wyatt, who survives. Also surviving are 3 children, Belinda (Ed) Smith of Snellville, GA, Teresa Williams of Schoolcraft and Anthony (Patricia) Buck of Plainwell; 8 grandchildren, Jennifer (John) Walker, Jason, Jared and Jacqueline Smith, Michelle Williams, Matthew Buck, Corey Lutz and Rachel Buck; 1 step-sister, Sandra (Kenneth) Shauer of Comstock; 4 half sisters.  He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; stepmother, Elaine Buck; father-in- law, Charles H.Wyatt; and mother- in-law, Dorothy Prehn. Friends may meet the family from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Saturday at the Winkel Funeral Home Otsego A funeral service will be held Sunday at 2:30 P.M. at the First Baptist Church of Otsego, Rev. David L. DeCook officiating. Military graveside honors at Mt. Olivet Cemetery will be under the auspices of V.F.W. Post #3030. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Otsego.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 19, 2002

Mr. Gould Fox - Died Thursday afternoon, April 4, 2002. Gould was born March 25, 1905 in Kalamazoo, the son of William R. and Carrie (Gould) Fox, and had been a lifelong resident in the Kalamazoo area. He attended the Kalamazoo schools; Kalamazoo College; and graduated with a J.D. Degree from the University of Chicago. Gould served on the Board of Trustees and President of the Board of the First United Methodist Church, where he was a member since 1913. He entered practice of law with his father in 1928, and continued in practice from 1928-1999. Gould was always active in community affairs and served on various boards, including Board of Trustees of Bronson Hospital for 44 years; the former Fidelity Savings and Loan; Trustee of the Y.W.C.A; Board of the former Lakeside Boy's and Girl's Home; the United Way; the State Probate Committee; helped organize and was the first president of the Visiting Nurse Association and the Constance Brown Hearing and Speech Center. On July 8, 1933 he was united in marriage to the former Rhea Jenks-Meader, who preceded him in death on July 25, 1997. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Percival; and a brother, Judge Raymond Fox.  Surviving are a daughter, Carolyn (Robert) Miller of Ft. Wayne; 4 grandchildren, Stephen G. Miller of Ft. Wayne, Alan F. (Robin) Miller of Boise, ID, David W. Miller of Columbus, OH, Derek (Heather) Percival of Kansas City, MO; 3 great-grandchildren, Sara Miller, Garrett and Emma Percival; a niece and nephew, Tricia Fox and Phillip Fox.  In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 o'clock Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park St. with Rev. Dr. Douglas Vernon officiating. Private interment of cremains will be in the church columbarium. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church, the Gould Fox Fund at the Kalamazoo Foundation, or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes  Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Apr 7, 2002


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